The policies of positive discriminations applied to the Greek National Minority in Albania as well as the Muslim Minority in Thrace, in the selection of candidates to higher education (Master thesis)

Γαλογαύρος, Γεώργιος

This thesis aims to describe, analyze and interpret “mainstream” Greek University students’ point of view, concerning the policy of Positive Discriminations applied to the Greek National Minority in Albania as well as the Muslim Minority in Thrace, in the selection of candidates to higher education. The interpretative approach was chosen for the current study as well as the semi-structured type of interview as the most suitable data collection tool. The research sample consists of fourteen students of the University of Ioannina, who belong to two different departments: the Department of Medicine and the Department of Plastic Arts and Art Sciences. Data interpretation is based on a distinction made in the literature between Color-blind Racism, Reverse Discrimination and Mismatch Theory. Subsequently, the terms Minority and Positive Discrimination are defined and the ways of implementing positive discrimination in different countries around the world are presented, with emphasis on the admission of students from so called “special categories” in tertiary education. Criticism to this policy approach is reviewed as well. The participants’ views have been grouped into categories. Some of them are: positive evaluation of Positive Discrimination, negative evaluation of Positive Discrimination, admission bases of the candidates who belong to the Muslim Minority in Thrace, perceived state’s rationale for Positive Discrimination policies, educational course of students admitted to higher education as members of these special categories. The results of the study indicate that participants’ views concerning respectively Greek National Minority in Albania and the Muslim Minority of Thrace do not differ. Also, there is no substantial difference either between the views expressed by the participants belonging to the Medicine Department or the Department of Plastic Arts and Arts Sciences. Moreover, concerning both the two minorities, it was mentioned by students that positive discrimination policies result into the admission of candidates who are not “worthy” to be in higher education. For the most part, it is expected that these individuals will not be able to meet the requirements of the respective departments and will likely “fail” as they will not be able to get their degree. The members of the minority themselves, and in particular their lack of ability, are held responsible for this expected “failure”. In the opposite case, in which these students manage to obtain the degree, this “success” is perceived as due to the capabilities of the member of the minority in conjunction with the education system.
Alternative title / Subtitle: η σκοπιά φοιτητριών και φοιτητών που δεν ανήκουν στις κατηγορίες αυτές
students’ point of view who don’t belong to any of the above categories
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Φιλοσοφική Σχολή. Τμήμα Φιλοσοφίας Παιδαγωγικής και Ψυχολογίας
Subject classification: Εισαγωγικές εξετάσεις -- Τριτοβάθμια Εκπαίδευση
Keywords: Πανελλήνιες εξετάσεις,Μειονότητες,Θετικές διακρίσεις,Ποσοστώσεις,Greek National Exams,Minorities,Positive discrimination,Quotas
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